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CHINA AND INDIA RACE FOR DAMS ON RIVER BRAHMAPUTRA: IMPACTS COULD BE MASSIVE AND UNKNOWN

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 21, 2010

[China certainly wants to utilize Tibetan water resources  for its development.  It is presumed that one day China may divert waters from the Great Bend of the Yarlung Tsangpo (River Brahmaputra),  north of the McMahon Line building another  mammoth dam, much bigger than the Three Gorges Dam, the biggest in the world.  Among many,  Engineer Guo Kai’s  Shuotian Canal Project has been viewed as a perfect one which would ‘save China with Tibet’s waters’. “This will be another gigantic power plant with an astonishing generation capacity of 20-40,000 Mega Watt! Nothing like this exists today in the world. If built- this will be the largest in the world. How large? Sheer three times bigger than the current world’s largest hydroelectric plant- the Three Gorges Dam. To put it into perspective this one plant can fulfill the entire energy need of Bangladesh five times over. The taming of this mighty river will require nuclear explosives to punch hole in Himalayan Mountains!”]

By B. K. Rana

Background:

This week China’s massive Three Gorges Dam on the Yangtze River  is undergoing a major test of the flood control

The Three Gorges Dam in Yangtze River in China, The largest dam in the world

function, one of the key justifications for this project, as torrential rains swell rivers that feed it, reports The China Post.

This giant dam which, submerged 13 cities, 140 towns, 1352 villages, 657 factories & 30,000 hectares of cultivated land, construction works completed last year (1993 – 2009), is the world’s largest dam and largest hydro-power project which  will generate “an incredible 18.2 gigawatt of electricity from its 26 hydro turbines. The output is equivalent of 18 typical coal power stations (40 million tons of coal), or the power used by four cities the size of Los Angeles”. Read the rest of this entry »

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